Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a bill on Thursday to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives after the agency issued two proposed rule changes that have angered Second Amendment advocates.
The legislation would rescind all ATF regulations put in place after Aug. 1, 2020, forbid the government body from hiring, and require top authorities to publicize an itemized list of all confiscated firearms and ammunition, which will then be auctioned to the public, according to a copy of the bill, the Daily Caller reported. The proposal would also transfer the bureau's regulatory power to the FBI.
The move has been named the Brian A. Terry Memorial Eliminate the ATF Act in remembrance of Terry, a former Marine and Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed by criminals during a controversial sting operation, dubbed "Fast and Furious," during which ATF authorities permitted illegal gun sales to track suspected purchasers in Mexican drug cartels.
"Just moments ago I introduced legislation to ELIMINATE the ATF (H.R. 3960)," Greene wrote in a tweet. "The ATF's unconstitutional war on gun owners and our Second Amendment rights must end."
Just moments ago I introduced legislation to ELIMINATE the ATF (H.R. 3960).
The ATF's unconstitutional war on gun owners and our Second Amendment rights must end. pic.twitter.com/dTOVkxuh2Q
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) June 17, 2021
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a co-sponsor of the bill who has spoken out against the ATF in the past, said the bureau's "unconstitutional reign" must come to an end.
"I will not stand idly by while the ATF treads on the rights of my constituents and the American people," the Sunshine State Republican tweeted. "Their unconstitutional reign against law-abiding gun owners must come to [an] end."
On June 7, the Justice Department alerted the public of a proposed ATF rule change that would alter the definition of a rifle-style pistol "when individuals use accessories to convert pistols into short-barreled rifles." The change from pistol to short-barreled rifle likely will require gun owners to register their weapons under the National Firearms Act.
The NFA tightly regulates short-barreled rifles, which are long guns with a barrel length shorter than 16 inches. In order to buy one, a person must register that firearm with the ATF and pay a $200 tax. Gun manufacturers have been selling guns that have barrel lengths shorter than 16 inches for years, but they are equipped with pistol braces, which allow a shooter to stabilize his or her arm while firing, making the gun a handgun in the eyes of the ATF. This helps to avoid the registration hassle and fee to obtain a similar firearm.
The DOJ said, "The National Firearms Act imposes heightened regulations on short-barreled rifles because they are easily concealable, can cause great damage, and are more likely to be used to commit crimes."
On May 7, the ATF, at the order of Attorney General Merrick Garland, issued another proposed rule change to alter the definition of a firearm receiver in a bid to hamper the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, which are homemade, unserialized firearms made from purchased or 3D-printed components. The practice of making firearms at home is legal in nearly all states.
A total of 141 Republican lawmakers came out in opposition to the ATF's moves in a fiery Tuesday letter.
“It could make millions of law-abiding citizens felons overnight,” the GOP lawmakers wrote.
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Original Author: Jake Dima